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Tuesday’s commute could be hazardous for Treasure Valley drivers

Here’s how to stay safe around a snow plow this winter

Winter driving conditions are tough for anyone, especially snow plow drivers. The Idaho Transportation Department has these tips for coexisting with snow plows while you're on the road this winter.
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Winter driving conditions are tough for anyone, especially snow plow drivers. The Idaho Transportation Department has these tips for coexisting with snow plows while you're on the road this winter.

Treasure Valley drivers will want to take extra time on their commute Tuesday morning as snow and possibly freezing rain are predicted, National Weather Service meteorologists predict.

Snow started about 3:30 p.m. Monday and continued through the afternoon commute, but when it ended only about three-tenths of an inch had fallen at the Boise Airport, meteorologist Elizabeth Padian said.

More severe conditions are expected in the morning, with significant snowfall expected to begin around 5 a.m., Padian said. One to 3 inches of snow are expected in the Treasure Valley, she said.

“It's probably going to be a mix with freezing rain and sleet and that could be pretty unpleasant on the morning commute,” meteorologist Les Colin said. “Make certain you allow enough time to travel because freezing rain is the worst condition to drive on.”

Padian said freezing rain is most likely from mid-morning to early afternoon, she said.

Overnight lows are expected around 18 degrees, which was the high Monday, Padian said. The forecast high Tuesday is 27 degrees.

Starting at 11 p.m. Monday the Boise area will be under a winter weather advisory

Winds aren’t expected to be an issue, and visibility should be somewhat typical, but the roads are expected to be very slick. The temperatures will be climbing, but not enough to thaw the ice and ease conditions, Colin said.

About a foot of snow is expected at Bogus Basin area during that advisory, Colin said.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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